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Gryffindors in Harry Potter
Gryffindor is the house most featured in Harry Potter, seeing as the three main protagonists are all sorted into it. Represented by a lion and crimson/gold colors, Gryffindors value bravery, determination, and pride.
Both in Harry's era and throughout history, many prominent Gryffindors have risen to fame—which are most memorable? These are the top ten iconic Gryffindor wizards in Harry Potter! Spoilers ahead.
10. Ginny Weasley
Famous for: Professional Quidditch player, marrying Harry
Simply by virtue of being the famous Harry Potter's wife, Ginny is a prominent figure, but she stands on her own merits as well. Ginny is a talented witch, able to produce a Patronus at age 14, and she has remarkable reflexes, which help her in both dueling and Quidditch. Speaking of which, Ginny performs well as both a Seeker and Chaser, and she goes on to play professionally in the Holyhead Harpies before penning a popular newspaper column.
9. Sir Cadogan
Famous for: Knight of the Round Table who killed a dragon
Cadogan is known as a knight of King Arthur's Round Table, albeit only in the wizard world's tales. Like many Gryffindors, Cadogan had a hot temper but good heart, and he's most known for slaying a wyvern (by piercing it with a broken wand, igniting gasses that caused it to explode). This feat earned him a portrait in Hogwarts, but if you ask me, what's really remarkable is Cadogan's 17 kids from three wives. Yikes.
8. Ronald Weasley
Famous for: Auror, Horcrux-destroyer, storeowner
Though often thought of as Harry's sidekick, Ron grows to be a powerful figure in his own right. Ron proves a surprisingly skilled duelist, tactical thinker, proficient Quidditch player, and displays surprising bursts of talents, like managing to imitate Parseltongue (especially impressive considering he didn't inherit Voldemort's talent for it like Harry did).
Ron further gains fame through his work as an Auror, a co-owner (alongside brother George) of Weasleys' Wizarding Wheezes, and marriage to the Minister for Magic.
7. Patricia Rakepick
Famous for: Curse-breaking, Hogwarts instructor
The Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher in the mobile game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Patricia is a world-class curse-breaker, adept at removing dark spells imbued into objects.
Patricia is remarkably cunning and skilled, believing she could defeat Professor McGonagall in a fight, a claim seemingly backed up by Snape's assurance that among Hogwarts's faculty, only Dumbledore could stop her for sure. Patricia is ultimately revealed to be part of the malicious group known as "R," a rare instance of a Gryffindor gone bad.
6. Sirius Black
Famous for: Escaping Azkaban, member of the Marauders
Best friend of James Potter, Sirius Black was one of the Marauders, who showed great magical expertise in designing their magical map of Hogwarts. He's an Animagus, able to morph into a dog, and Harry Potter's godfather, but he's infamously (and mistakenly) known as the one who betrayed James and Lily to Voldemort, which in reality was done by fellow Marauder Peter Pettigrew.
This led to Sirius's reputation as one of the most dangerous individuals in the wizarding world, especially when he became the first to escape Azkaban. He meets an early demise at the hands of Bellatrix Lestrange, but Harry names one of his kids after Sirius as tribute, continuing his legacy.
5. Minerva McGonagall
Famous for: Headmistress of Hogwarts, leader of the Battle of Hogwarts
McGonagall is easily one of the strongest characters in the franchise, frequently displaying amazing magic, often non-verbal, and occasionally without a wand. She's especially talented with Transfiguration, gained the advantage over Snape in a fight, can produce three Patronuses at once, and as an Animagus, can transform into a cat at will.
She also takes over as Hogwarts headmistress after Snape, further cementing her place in history and presumably gaining a portrait to advise future principals.
4. Hermione Granger
Famous for: Minister of Magic, Horcrux-destroyer
The smartest of her generation, Hermione is even more integral to Harry's quest than Ron, always there with an encouraging word or new spell. Harry himself admits she's the overall best student in his year, and she goes on to great heights, ultimately becoming the Minister of Magic, the highest rank among today's list.
3. Godric Gryffindor
Famous for: Founding Gryffindor, legendary sword
Gryffindor is best remembered for founding his Hogwarts house. Many aspects of his life remain a mystery, but he was known as a champion of justice, rejecting Salazar Slytherin's dreams of pure-blood supremacy.
Godric was called the greatest duelist of his era, adept at both wizarding battles with magic and muggle duels, where he wielded his famous sword, which would prove invaluable at destroying Voldemort's Horcruxes.
2. Harry Potter
Famous for: Boy Who Lived, Chosen One, Auror
While a talented wizard and formidable Seeker, Harry is best known as the Chosen One, responsible for both Voldemort's first and second defeats. He also becomes the master of death, having gained possession of all three Deathly Hallows, and continues hunting dark wizards in his adult life as an Auror.
1. Albus Dumbledore
Famous for: Most beloved and powerful Hogwarts Headmaster
Hailed as the greatest wizard of his era (some would say of all time), Albus Dumbledore was the only one Voldemort ever feared and a beloved Hogwarts headmaster. Dumbledore also mastered death by finding the three Hallows, and he was crucial in defeating both Elder Wand-bearing Grindelwald and Voldemort, the two strongest Dark Wizards in modern history.
Other Gryffindors in Harry Potter
Today we examined Gryffindor's most notorious members, but remember that many wizards and witches haven't had their House revealed, so we're not sure where characters like Mad-Eye Moody were sorted.
Gryffindor is often seen as the "good" house, though it's produced detestable sorcerers like Peter Pettigrew and Patricia Rakepick, proving that all houses have the capacity for evil. But for now, vote for your favorite Gryffindor, and I'll see you at our next Harry Potter countdown!
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